The Medicine Collective

About the Medicine Collective

The Medicine Collective is a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers sharing traditional teachings and supporting workshops to reconnect and restore our relationships to lands and peoples that live on Turtle Island.

Since 2009, the Medicine Collective members have been instrumental in guiding the activities and direction of the Indigenous Health Garden. With their guidance and support, the garden has grown to include over 40 varieties of medicinal plants, a garden design centred on concepts of holistic health, and over 300 visits to the garden each year for medicine walks and workshops run by the Medicine Collective.

Watch this space for information about the 2016 workshops coming soon!

This Medicine Collective builds on the work of many people. Here are some of the founding members:


Elder Jeri Sparrow

Jeri Sparrow Sulseemiah, is from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam where she learned traditional knowledge about the healing properties of plants. She studies many alternative-healing practices and works with Indigenous peoples to reconcile relationships through the re-articulation of Indigenous protocol principles, policy development with VCH and at the Institute of Aboriginal Health's Indigenous gardens at UBC. She serves in an advisory capacity with many Vancouver Lower Mainland organizations and has been the Director of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Sulsila lelum Healing Centre house and is semi retired.


 Elder Lee Brown

Lee Brown, Medicine Collective


Alannah Young








Art Leon

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Tonya Gomes

2014-03-19 Medicine Walk with IHHS 401 10


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The Medicine Collective acknowledges the unceded ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples, whose guidance and collaboration is central to their work. The Collective also acknowledges its other supporters and partners: the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm, the AMS Sustainability Fund, the Indigenous Research Partnerships, and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC.

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